Bill dark brown above, light-blue beneath. Iris hazel. Feet light blue. Head and upper neck pure azure, a circle of carmine round the eye. Back and lesser wing-coverts yellowish-green. Lower back and under parts deep carmine. Quills and tail purplish-brown; secondary coverts green.
Length 5¼, extent of wings 7½; bill along the ridge ⅓, along the gap ½; tarsus ¾, middle toe ⅔.
Male in the third year. Plate LIII. Fig. 2.
Head and under parts as in the full-plumaged male. Back mottled with yellow and light green; upper wing-coverts patched with green, yellow and brown.
Male in the second year. Plate LIII. Fig. 4.
Bill and upper part of the head as in the adult. Upper parts generally olive-green; under parts dull orange, paler behind.
Male in the first year. Plate LIII. Fig. 3.
Under mandible blue; in other respects similar to the female.
Adult Female. Plate LIII. Fig. 5.
Bill brown. Feet light blue. Upper parts in general light olive green; under parts dull orange, paler behind.
The Chickasaw Plum.
Prunus Chicasa, Mich. Flor. Amer. vol. i. p. 284. Pursh, Flor. Amer. vol. i. p. 332. —Icosandria Monogynia, Linn. Rosacæ, Juss.
This species is distinguished by its oblongo-elliptical, acuminate, serrulate leaves; smooth spinescent branches; flowers in pairs, with very short pedicels, and glabrous calyces; and its broadly oval fruits. It flowers in April and May.